STUDIO FIVE RESTAURANT
Located in the heart of Wembley Park Theatre, Studio Five offers a carefully curated menu of bold dishes employing quality produce. The relaxed, modern space provides the perfect backdrop for exclusive events, with exquisite catering.
The fascinating history of Studio Five //
The site on which Studio Five Restaurant sits was (amazingly) the site of the fine dining restaurant for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924.
In the nearly 100 years since, this site saw the opening of the UKs first purpose built sound stage in 1929. Destroyed by fire that very year, they were rebuilt, and in 1932 Fox films began shooting films at the studio, producing over 60 features in that decade alone.
During the Second World War, the army and air force both used the studios to produce their propaganda films, and Fox evacuated their central London staff to the site to protect them (somewhat) from the bombing raids.
In the 1950s with the arrival of independent television networks, the dilapidated film studios were purchased and converted for television. ITV’s first ever live broadcast “Jonny and Flonny” was shot on this site.
With ambitions for an even larger studio, Associated Rediffusion (the London branch of ITV) started building Studio 5 in 1958, and it was officially opened in 1960. From the time of launch until it’s closure in 2017 it was the largest purpose-built sound stage in the UK.
When ITV ceased using the studios in 1972 they fell into disrepair, and remained so until they were snapped up by the Lee brothers who leased the site out to companies producing major feature films. Throughout the 1980s the studios hosted films such as Quadrophenia, Buster, Time Bandits, The Elephant Man, Club Paradise and Scandal among many others.
When the studios changed ownership once again in 1989, the new owner – Limehouse – chose to convert Studios 5a and 5b back into fully equipped television studios. These two studios combined form what is now the auditorium at Wembley Park Theatre.
In 1991, just 6 months before his death, Freddie Mercury recorded his final music video – These are the days of our lives – at the studios. You can watch and listen here: https://youtu.be/oB4K0scMysc
From 1993 to 2017 the site was operated by Fountain, who brought in huge shows such as Who wants to be a millionaire?, The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, and the UK-based episodes of Friends.
Troubadour Theatres took over the lease of the site in 2018 and built the state-of-the-art theatre complex in which Studio Five Restaurant is situated. If you’d like to know more, browse through the archives.
Live @ Studio Five //
Where legends performed
Studio Five Restaurant was previously home to Fountain Studios, where music legends such as Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Nina Simone, Paul McCartney and James Brown have graced our restaurant venue and are shown all over the walls performing from exactly where you will be sitting!
Honouring our musical history, it’s a pleasure to offer a space for live entertainment in the restaurant. Perfect for private events as a backdrop for dining or book our venue to host a live entertainment event.
WEMBLEY PARK THEATRE // LATEST SHOWS
Staging world-class entertainment within a state-of-the-art cultural destination, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is home to ground-breaking shows including Rambert’s Peaky Blinders, Disney’s Newsies The Musical, The National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and much more.